As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
First, I was abducted by little green men, then abandoned on a prison planet, and finally captured by a band of alien slavers… and the day isn’t even over! FML. One of my alien captors is different, though. He’s a man, yes, but he isn’t green, and he’s anything but little. Huge comes to mind. Breathtakingly big. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t lust for him. And if he delivers on his promise to send me back to Earth, I don’t know if I can bear losing him. Amazon KU
Vallon – War with the gray invaders was imminent, and an even bigger threat loomed beyond the stars. We had obtained more powerful weapons and had a spacecraft at our disposal. For the first time in Valosian history, all three clans had reached a temporary accord to fight as one for the good of our world. Even with all that, it still might not be enough. I worried over the survival of my species, and even more so for the future of the abducted human females—especially one in particular. My Elise—the one who awakened me—had a disability, making her more vulnerable than the others in my dangerous world. It would be a great honor to be her protector as she was my only light in the impending darkness that was to come. I know she feels the yearning of her spirit to join with mine, but she holds herself back, and I was too afraid of her answer to ask why. As I watched her form silent words with elegant hands, a smile glides across my face. I felt like a fool to have not thought of this before, but what my spirit mate referred to as a disability on her world could be the key to winning the war on mine. Elise – Vallon was in complete possession of my heart. His eyes drank me in as if he couldn’t get enough of the sight of me. There was nothing I wanted more than to bond with him and be his spirit mate, but with my disability, I was a serious liability. I knew he would die trying to protect me, and his world was a most dangerous place. I couldn’t allow him to give his life for mine. Not only that, but he was of another species—one that lives considerably longer than mine. Now that we knew babies were possible on Valose, what if I was taking away his chance of finding a mate in a female closer to his own species?
There’s nowhere on Earth she can hide from her ex—so she’ll hitch a ride off-planet with the first alien she can find. Even if she has to marry him.It’s been over a year since Vicky Ortiz left her abusive ex-boyfriend, and she’s been on the run ever since. No matter where she goes, Thomas tracks her down. She barely escaped last time—and she’s certain that the next time he finds her, he really will kill her. So she escapes to the one place he can’t follow her: the Alien Warriors’ Reparation Brides Program. Draakvhed warrior Qhaal doesn’t really want a mate. Not yet. But if he doesn’t accept his place in the program now, he may never get another chance.So when he’s matched with a human woman who wants nothing more than safety, he jumps at the chance to create a detailed nuptial contract. No emotions and very few strings—protection for her and heirs for him. It seems like the perfect arrangement.Until he meets her and realizes he wants much more than their contract allows.Now he has two weeks before their mating ceremony to convince her that he could be more than an alien of convenience—or their contract will be enforceable for the rest of their lives.
Skylar Kawabata has her future mapped out. Frustrated by years of misuse from her family, she’s got her Class Three pilot license firmly in hand and plans to take over her mother’s interstellar shipping business. But when she discovers it’s been sold right out from under her to a handsome but infuriating man, the outraged ex-heiress vows to make him pay. Already struggling to feel worthy enough to attract top-notch men to build her relationship network, Skylar’s fight for her inheritance turns into a heart-stopping power play. But she’s up against long odds from a love-match setup with an old crush, an impulsive bet with the man controlling her legacy, and one of her many dads becoming a dangerous threat… Can Skylar navigate to the destiny she desires, or will she get knocked off-course?
VS Note: From OCT 28
He wants her. Needs her. Craves her taste. But can he trust her? After years alone he’s been brought back to the Pack. But he’s different now. Changed. Restless. She’s content in her small world.
It’s safe. Secure. Filled with beautiful things. And then he arrives. Feral. Dangerous. Tempting.
Thrown together, can they learn to trust each other? And when the mission is over, can they walk away? Amazon KU
I’m on a quest for buried treasure. When an escape pod crashes onto my only clue, the delectable human female inside is nothing more than a distraction. Really. Nothing else. This has to be a dream.
The last thing I remember is going to bed in my comfy jammies, and then having the *worst* nightmares about little grey men. Because now I’m stuck in an alien jungle with a grumpy, furry treasure hunter who very clearly doesn’t want me around. Except sometimes I find him looking at me from those golden eyes, and I wonder — am I sure I want to wake up? Amazon KU
A determined kicker of asses, Luana Davis refuses to be the helpless victim she once was. Smart, hard-working, and strong, she’ll honor her family’s memory by aiding the war effort — and nothing will stand in her way. Not being stranded on a battlefield planet with an over-sized, overwhelmingly attractive, yet infuriatingly over-protective alien warrior as her only ally…Not the foul play afoot within their ranks, nor the new evidence coming to light about their enemies, and definitely not the antiquated military regulations that would have Luana stay silent when she should be roaring. Lu Davis will not stand down when she can see a way to help those she loves.And her incendiary actions will send shockwaves throughout the Alliance. Amazon KU
Leopard shifter Meghan Bennett had an award-winning career as a police detective, but she left the force behind after corruption got the better of her team. Now she’s one of the top agents in Nick’s shifter security force, and she’s about to face her biggest challenge yet—a smoking hot geek with a heart of gold and a big old target on his back. Since scientist Dax Hall lost his parents to cancer, he’s devoted his professional career to the dream of ending the disease. With advances in nanobot technology, he’s finally closer to a cure than ever before, but someone out there doesn’t want him to succeed. When he can no longer ignore the danger, he reluctantly accepts a security guard and is floored when the agent assigned to him turns out to be sexier than the lustiest dark-haired beauty of his wettest dreams. But when Meghan cannot stop an attack on Dax, she has to make a grim decision. When the geek awakes, everything he’s ever thought he’s known about life and science has been changed. Will the choices Meghan made for him be worth the chance at giving his cure to humanity…and at letting Dax and Meghan have a long life together? Amazon KU
It’s 2015 and librarian Beryl Blue shelves books in her hometown library. Dull, but after being orphaned and years in foster care, she prefers the mild life. Until a time cop from the future crash lands in her library with an offer Beryl isn’t allowed to refuse—she must stop a rogue time traveler from killing a WWII soldier on leave and changing history forever. If she can’t complete the mission, not only is the future screwed, but Beryl’s own life will be in jeopardy. Beryl has questions, lots of questions. Beginning with why she’s the only person in all of time who can stop the assassin. She gets no answers as she’s quickly whisked to 1943 and stranded there, tasked with keeping Sgt. Tom “Sully” Sullivan safe at all costs. She soon learns two things: Sully’s more than capable of taking care of himself and it’s her heart that’s in danger. The more time she spends with the sexy, stubborn sergeant, the more she comes to care for him. Beryl’s lost everyone she’s ever loved and there’s no way she’s going to open herself to loss again. Best to complete the mission, return to her own time, and never see Sully again. If she can get the job done. With an assassin on their heels and all of history on her shoulders, Beryl scrambles to figure out how to protect a man who refuses to be protected—and keep her heart intact. Amazon KU
No woman wants the attention of an alpha. Huge, brutal, dominant… They take what they want, no matter who, or what, it is. And now I have two focused on making me theirs. “…just one dose of Representine could change your life forever! Become the alpha you’ve always wanted to be. Enjoy life to the full at the top of the food chain and have men and women falling at your feet!” Representine. That drug changed my life. The instant my ex became an alpha, I was gone, thrown out on the street with nothing but the clothes on my back… and a small amount of savings I’d hidden away. But living costs money and with those funds dwindling quickly, I need a job and fast…I’ll take anything. I really am that desperate. I just didn’t expect it to be for Mason and Dante. The two young and handsome alphas have haunted my dreams for years. Now I’m at their beck and call… Please be aware: This is a much darker and grittier world than my other series, so readers are advised to proceed with caution. A Continuing Story: Please be aware this is a serialised romance in three parts.
Her Unsuitable Suitor – Scarred from years in an arena and banned from taking a mate of his own, Reynar has resigned himself to a lonely life guarding a pompous young ambassador. Bored with following the vain nobleman around as he’s wooed by a planet full of desperate females, Reynar is surprised to find his interest sparked by a fiery young female with the courage to stand up to the arrogant elitist and defend herself. He’s helplessly drawn to the woman who seems determined to avoid him despite how her body responds to his. Would she ever take a damaged male as her mate or will they be forced apart before they even have a chance? Rowena – My job is easy; order supplies for the gardners, keep the flower arrangements fresh, program the bot that cuts the front lawn, balance the greenhouse budget, and stay out of the limelight; especially since I lied to get this job. That was bad, but what were the chances the alien visitors would come to this tiny little government owned estate? Suddenly, I find myself…(more blurb on ebook seller page…) Amazon KU
Trapped and hunted, their only way out is together. All Xander wanted was a few moments of peace after a lifetime of pain, but fate had other plans. Hunted like a wild animal by beta forces, he hijacks the first means of escape that crosses his path. After a tough couple of years, Lilibeth is finally getting a fresh start. After landing her dream job, she’s off to begin her new life on the other side of the country…until a desperate alpha crashes into her newfound freedom and takes her hostage. Fate threw the pair of opposites together, but the primal pull that draws them close feels a lot like destiny. Once there were boundaries…but now that their chains are broken, these alphas refused to be contained. Amazon KU
Emilia is excited to start a house-sitting job, even if the house is creepy and more than a little on the odd side — as odd as the owner’s requests. When she finds an unusual gaming console, she is drawn into a lusty video game in which she crosses paths with five inhuman creatures. She is drawn to them all, but when the five men keep telling her that the game is very much not what it seems, Emilia realizes she can no longer play along. As the path she follows offers not just desire and intense experiences but also sadness, cruelty, and hurt around every bend, Emilia’s resolve firms: she will free the five men, who tell her they are already a family, already lovers. Whatever she has grown to feel for them, she cannot let them suffer if saving them is within her power. With the rules of a game she doesn’t understand forcing her to play along, Emilia must find a way to get to the end of the game and get everyone out — whatever the cost. The freedom of her five monsters depends on her.
Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. One minute Alice was camping, trying to connect with nature, then there’s this blinding white light. Gravity must have quit because Alice and her sleeping bag were floating off the ground. Classic alien abduction. She wakes up on an alien planet full of, you know, aliens. Outlaws. Rules are optional and people are property. So not cool. Then there’s a train robbery and she’s getting abducted. Again. But this guy? He’s a giant lizard man, just a solid wall of muscle, scales, and bad attitude. He’s dangerous and he’s gone into a mating fever, which he says is her fault. So what is she going to do about it? Better question, what is tall, dark and grumpy going to do about it? Two decades ago Faris was exiled to this prison planet. Only the strong survive here. He’s too old for a mating fever but his body has other ideas. The human female is meant for his boss but there’s a change of plan. She is his and he does not share.
Sarah knows there’s safety in numbers. That’s why after the government fell, many people banded together to form caravans. When her mother had joined Cedric’s caravan years before, she believed she was giving her daughter a better life. But soon after Sarah comes of age, she learns the truth—women are nothing more than breeding stock. Faced with the possibility of her unborn child being taken away and raised by strangers, Sarah has no choice but to escape. Alone in the wilderness, she’s hungry, tired, and has no idea how to survive on her own. From finding a caravan who accepted her without reservations to being whisked across the stars to a slaver’s planet, her life, and the life of her unborn child, take a turn for the worse. Dagan is Alpha of his pack and Alpha Prime Heir of his species. His triad is strong and ready to stand behind him as he challenges his sire’s outdated views of keeping their species pure. With the downturn of female births, he fears they will never find their own Spark. His only option is leaving the planet. Dagan sees Sarah standing on the slavers block looking defiantly out at the crowed and everything in him roars MINE! There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to possess the beauty, and when he notices she’s with pup, he has no choice but to rescue her and bring her into his triad as their missing Spark. Sarah finds herself claimed by three powerful males who promise to protect her and her unborn child. Yet, she’s still hesitant to trust again. After all, what happens when the new wears off? Amazon KU
Turns out human DNA is spread all across the universe, but actual humans are believed to be extinct. That is, until I’m randomly picked up by a passing slave ship. As if being abducted by aliens isn’t terrifying enough, now I’m about to be sold to a space brothel. I figure things can’t get much worse, until the ship I’m on is attacked by alien bounty hunters. Sparks start to fly when I meet Rovos, the gorgeous leader who promises to take me back to Earth. Only, I don’t know where Earth is and the aliens who kidnapped me aren’t talking. Despite our growing attraction, Rovos is determined to keep me at arms length. He knows the danger of his trade. The heartache it brings. So he vows to find me somewhere safe. Even if it guts him to let me go. Even if I beg him to let me stay.
DEIRDRE – I made a horrible mistake. Under orders, I created a virus to drive the Varool from humanity’s new planet. It mutated, killing all of the alien women and our men. Now, the fate of both our species rests on my shoulders—and between my thighs. To ease my guilt and broker peace, I’ll marry one of the fierce alien warriors and bear his children. All while hiding who I really am. Their brute of a king claims me, his gigantic body inflaming my desire. Storr’s piercing gaze makes me shiver. If he ever finds out the part I played in all of this, crash landing on the planet will be the least of my worries. STORR – Humans seized the planet I need for my people. As negotiations deteriorated, varoolian women died. I long for retribution. If I ever find the person responsible—No. I must set aside my fury to secure my people’s future. Survival demands we reproduce with the enemy. Although I have no plans to be first, a sweet, musky scent ensnares my senses. Deirdre is my fated mate. I must claim her. She is mine. Yet consummation does not equal trust. As we battle our way across the untamed planet, suspicions mount. All humans are liars, but Deirdre’s lies may end us both. Amazon KU
All Farid Ogoni wants is his freedom from the illegal fight ring he’s been bound to. Fight. Win. Fight. That’s his focus and his goal. Nothing will derail him and losing isn’t an option. Then she comes along. Sora’s used to being cold and calculated to get a mission completed. She has one job—rescue the cyborgs forced into the fight ring. Nothing stands in the way of her duty and responsibilities. Until him. Passion ignites when two rebellious spirits find one another in the midst of an explosive mission. Can they survive the aftermath or will they burn in the flames of betrayal?
I’ve got a secret. Two, actually. I’m not that powerful. My best friend Gerald, though, he’s got enough superpowers to fill the role of two heroes. His abilities are so strong, he can even make everyone believe I’m destined to be more than a sidekick. My other secret? I love him. My crush is getting harder to hide now that we’re headed off to superhero university together. With Gerald as my roommate, it’s only a matter of time before he figures out how I feel. And from there, our other secrets will inevitably unravel, too. Including what truly happened the night we stumbled on a League of Villains meeting. I never counted on the League ruining my plans to enjoy the university experience with my bestie. Or the nemesis who haunts my nightmares turning his telepathy on the city I grew up expecting to protect with my powers. One thing’s for sure, superhero school isn’t for the faint of heart. Super U: Rising Storm is an M/X superhero slow-burn best friends to lovers romance. It is part of a multi-author shared universe following the university adventures of superheroes in training. Gerald is a trans man who commands the wind and electricity. Ignatius is his non-binary and autistic best friend, who controls electric sparks. Amazon KU
VS note: Not a romance. LGBTQ hard scifi release of note.
Dani’s return home to Maine after three years of diplomatic missions overseas lands her in jail and within Colonel Houston’s crosshairs. Maine’s civilian and Commonwealth forces continue to work together against the Wardens-the genocidal faction of alien Echoes-but Dani’s relationship with Colonel Houston deteriorates into a personal conflict, putting others’ lives at risk. When Houston has sixteen-year-old Oliver whisked away to become a Commonwealth soldier, Dani’s primary ally in getting him back, General Ramos, is declared missing in action. Though she knows it is a trap, Dani heads into Warden territory to retrieve General Ramos. The mission takes her into Canada and surrounding New England, where she and Rowan, a Warden, once again cross paths. Setbacks do not deter Rowan, but his increasingly reckless resolve to defeat the Commonwealth and destroy all humans on Earth jeopardize Dani’s life and the Commonwealth’s plan to win the war.
Can the bond between a human and a qilin last—even after ten years apart? After a messy breakup, Nikolas quits love. Alphas only want one thing, and it’s not Nikolas’s personality. Who needs romance anyway? He’s content curling up in front of the TV after work with his cat and a bag of popcorn. At least, that’s what he tells himself. Because the truth is, the only alpha Nikolas truly loved disappeared off the face of the earth a decade ago—and if he can’t have Jian, he doesn’t want anyone. Jian is heartsick. As a teenager, he was cut off from his best friend for reasons out of his control and spent ten years secluded from human society. Now an adult, Jian finds himself mysteriously pulled towards the city—the one place he’s forbidden to go. When Nikolas faces danger, Jian has to make a choice. Will he break the promise he made to his family? Or will he lose his fated mate forever? Amazon KU
VS Note: Ooh, sounds good! One clicked this.
Prillon warrior Thomar Arcas is the royal heir to his ancestor’s legacy of dishonor, betrayal and death. When he was captured by the Hive, some on his home world cheered. Some sighed with relief. None shed a tear. Thomar and his second, Varin, break free and destroy an enemy base, barely escaping with their lives. They transport to The Colony, the last refuge for contaminated males. Upon arrival they suffer in agony, their cyborg implants fighting for control of the powerful warriors. Defeat is not in their blood. Not in their history. Not in their souls. Unable to sever their ties to the Hive integrations, they suffer relentless pain. Unwilling to force others to suffer, Thomar has chosen an honorable death over further disgrace; until they are matched to a human female from Earth who will do anything, and sacrifice anyone, to save them.
VS Note: LGBTQ Superhero; author of Pumpkin (Dumplin’) which was made into a movie. This book isn’t listed as a romance.
Faith Herbert can finally admit that she’s not a regular teen—and take advantage of her new flying superpowers. After the chaos of her first semester, Faith just wants to end her senior year in a normal way—enjoying all the hallmarks of graduating high school, like prom, with her best friends Matt and Ches. But a cryptic warning about psiots going missing and a rash of inexplicable fires means things are off to a strange start. Life goes from weird to worse when Colleen Bristow, the quiet nerd-turned-supervillain, reappears, acting like nothing ever happened. As if that weren’t enough, rumored sightings of Faith’s ex, the beautiful Dakota Ash, who was thought to have died months ago in the warehouse fire that exposed more than a few secrets, start to emerge. Faith can’t seem to shake Dakota’s betrayal from that tragic day, but she also can’t help hoping the rumors are true. . . . As Faith tries to balance her quest for a memorable senior year and the heartbreak of Grandma Lou’s increasing decline, she learns to have faith in herself—and that sometimes fate will point you in the right direction.
VS Note: LGBTQ Dystopian. One clicked – you know me and these dystopian tales!
Not so very long ago, Alex Washington had a loving wife, a beautiful home, an adorable dog, and a fulfilling career that fed her soul. And then came the virus, the political unrest, the chaos and violence…With the death of society came the destruction of everything Alex knew and held dear. Forced to flee a crumbling civilization, she took up shelter in a remote summer vacation house turned makeshift forest fortress. All she has left now is her will to persevere and survive-even if only for one day at a time. But though she may think she’s safe in a world of solitude, stockpiling, and sanctuary, Alex is far from alone.
VS: Just a reminder of the new release I had last week!
Kyden is the top ranked gladiator in the Five Systems but he’s hardly there by choice. Unscrupulous guards faked his death in the lab where he was created and sold him into slavery in the galaxy’s hinterlands. He has no idea where his home is or how many years have passed since he was condemned to a life of endless combat. Kill or be killed is the rule and a Badari never gives up. He’ll fight to stay alive until the Badari goddess sees fit to decree his death. Elara Vasclavian is the daughter of a senator, as far removed from the life of a gladiator as a noblewoman can be until through the machinations of a political enemy, she ends up in terrible jeopardy. Abducted and given to a group of drunken gladiators for their amusement the night before the games, Elara vows to put up a fight but there’s no real hope of saving herself. Until Kyden steps in, responding to the goddess’s commandment to protect those who are smaller and weaker. And discovers she’s his fated mate. Rescued, Elara returns to her life of privilege but she can’t forget the man who saved her life. The gulf between their places in the Five Systems is unbridgeable, no matter how much Kyden longs for even a glimpse of her in the arena audience. No matter how much she feels the pull to be by his side. As matters stand, they cannot be together…Or can they?
KYDEN is the first book in a new series, spun off from my ongoing Badari Warriors series. Kyden is a Generation Five Badari whereas the main characters in the long running series are from a later time and are Generation Eight. This new series stands alone and you don’t have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. I couldn’t resist the temptation to tell a few other Badari stories, set in the galaxy’s Hinterlands, and who can resist gladiators?
VS Note: Lots of readers eagerly waiting for this one!
He’s known by many names: Thanatos. Horseman. God’s last angel. And then, of course, there’s the one I’m all too familiar with—Death. The day Death comes to Lazarus Gaumond’s town and kills everyone in one fell swoop, the last thing he expects to see is a woman left alive and standing. But Lazarus has her own extraordinary gift: she cannot be killed—not by humans, not by the elements, not by Death himself. She is the one soul Death doesn’t recognize. The one soul he cannot pry free from her flesh. Nor can he ignore the unsettling desire he has for her. Take her. He wants to, desperately. And the longer she tries to stop him from his killing spree, the stronger the desire becomes. When Lazarus crosses paths with the three other horsemen, an unthinkable situation leads to a terrible deal: seduce Death, save the world. A hopeless task, made all the worse by the bad blood between her and Thanatos. But Death’s attraction to her is undeniable, and try though she might, Lazarus cannot stay away from that ancient, beautiful being and his dark embrace. The end is here. Humankind is set to perish, and not even the horsemen can stop Death from fulfilling his final task. Only Lazarus can. Amazon KU
Not wanting to be forced to mate to an eligible male in her pack who won’t take no for an answer, Addie Fuller is on the run. Billy Gallagher might be human, but he understands werewolf culture all too well after being raised in the Salvation Pack. When their paths cross, he helps her, even knowing it will likely mean his death. He’s no match for a full-blooded male wolf. A short, brutal fight, leaves him near death and Addie fighting to save his life. He recovers, but he’s not the same man he was. The one thing he does know for sure—he and Addie are meant to be together. All he has to do is convince her of that and deal with the threat looming over them.
I’d trained my entire life to take over the hunter guild. When the unthinkable happened, my father was taken, and I was forced to step up. The moment I took control, everything began to unravel around me. The transition should have gone smoothly, and it would have if Kieran Knight hadn’t shown up. He’s an egotistical maniac with a secret agenda and a psychotic need to possess and control me. There’s one thing Kieran didn’t count on, though. No one owned me. There’s too much at stake to allow myself to be influenced or for him to stand in my way. Just when I thought I had everything under control, our enemies attacked the hunter guild from every angle, and my whole world was kicked out from beneath me. Everything I thought I knew was now questioned, and I didn’t know who could be trusted or where to turn. To make matters worse, Kieran had his hand in the pockets of every Immortal House in town, preventing my allies from helping me find my dad and from discovering why bodies from Otherworld creatures were piling up at dumpsites around town.
I may have been played at every turn, but now I know the truth, and I intended to show the world what one pissed-off hunter would do when the odds were against her. I’m Xariana Anderson, and I came into this world fighting, and I’ll leave the same way if I’m forced to do so.
Sandu Berdardi continues to exist only to protect his people. An ancient Carpathian, his entire long life has been dedicated to honor above all else. He knows his time has passed, especially since he has not been able to find his lifemate—the anchor to keep him sane in a world he no longer understands. But just as he truly starts to give up hope, a voice reaches out to him in the night and his world explodes into color. Adalasia enters Sandu’s mind seamlessly, as if she has been a part of him forever. While she can see the shape of things to come in her deck of cards, her gift is both a blessing and a curse. The true course of Sandu’s quest remains unclear, with danger waiting at every turn. She cannot see everything the future holds, but she does know it is a journey they will take together. By joining him, she will start them down a dangerous, seductive path from which there is no coming back.
The Spice Ghosts have descended on Roshaven accusing Jenni of stealing their sacred bones and are threatening to destroy the city if they are not returned but Jenni the sprite has no idea what they’re talking about. With the help of her boss, Chief Thief-Catcher Ned Spinks, Jenni promises to find and return them however the skeletal trail leads them into the dark and dangerous waters of the dread Sea Witch. Ned is out of his depth and frantically treading water while Jenni must fight to avoid becoming catch of the day.
With the human world at war on land, air and sea, one siren will answer the call.
VS Note: Time travel
Please note this is the second book in a series, and author recommends starting with A Stolen Season for a proper introduction to the world of TimeArch and its time travelers. Nothing can disrupt the flow of time…not even love…Archaeologist Richard can’t abide a mystery. But after one of the most frustrating digs of his career, that’s exactly what he has on his hands. How could an estate simply disappear? What happened to the woman who lived there? Did she flee, or was she murdered? Sadly, there’s only one way to get answers, and that’s to travel back to the place in time he never wanted to revisit—the nineteenth century. Lady Catriona needs a change. A little rebellion against her unfaithful husband is long overdue. This season, she will re-enter society and take a lover who can distract her from the pain of her horrible marriage. Perhaps the handsome visitor from abroad who just arrived in Bath would be up to the task…Decadent, sensual nights melt into the happiest days Richard and Catriona have ever known. But he can’t stay, and she can’t leave—even as enemies threaten her at every turn. Can Richard find a way to save Cait without destroying the timeline? Or is he doomed to lose the only woman he’s ever loved to cruel twist of fate? Amazon KU
They are the ultimate weapon. The ultimate secret. They are the Crown’s wolves. Lycan Roman Lanzo and his brothers are bound—by magic, no less—to serve the Crown of England. All he knows is honor, violence, blood, magic, and death. Which is exactly when he finds her. A rare female Lycan, gorgeous, fierce, powerful, and with no memory of who or what she is. Now everything in Roman’s blood wants to help her, protect her, and—damn it all to hell—want her. Nova woke knowing only that her leather Goth get-up was riding up in the wrong places, and that she had to find Roman. Since then, every moment is a new and unsettling insight into her gifts, her dangerous skills, who she is, and what she wants…including this daunting, muscled Lycan whose name is tattooed on her skin.
But the Crown knows all about Nova. What she is, what she can do, and just how brutally dangerous a female Lycan can become. Now they want her put down for good. And they have their perfect weapon of choice… Roman.
Irma’s life has been defined by tragedy – one which the legends of Siren Island will never let her forget. Because of this, she’s learned that taking a chance on love isn’t worth the high cost that comes with it. Instead, Irma contents herself with the simple pleasures in life – running her guesthouse, spending time with her girls, and swimming in the Caribbean-blue waters each day. However, when a handsome Australian with a mysterious past shows up at The Laughing Mermaid, Irma’s understanding of the world shatters. Ezra has settled into an easy life of bachelorhood, preferring to travel and focus on his one goal – uniting the Mer tribes of the world. Freedom, flexibility, and following his own whims are things he values most and he lives his life exactly as he pleases. But it only takes one note of Irma’s siren song to entrance him and now he only has one goal in mind – how to make this luscious siren his own. Now, despite Ezra’s irresistible charms, Irma still feels like she must guard her heart. Will she be able to let down her walls and risk it all for love – one more time?
VS Note: From OCT 23
Matsuko Ishikawa, Audiologist and Newbie Sorceress – Being autistic, I’ve learned the patterns and rules of my world to make life easier. Everything I know is thrown into disarray when I find myself wearing long robes and setting fire to a wagon with blue flames… From my hands. I don’t know where I am… or how to control my new pyrotechnic talent. Throw in a guy who can turn into a dragon and a goddess-given quest, and I’m totally out of my depth. But if I complete the goddess’s task of finding a magical artifact, I can go home, which is the goal, right? Arach Uzekamanzi, Third Born Prince of the Dragonkin – Being a 126-year-old dragon, there isn’t much that surprises me anymore, but Matsuko is completely new. And it’s pretty clear she’s not local. Accompanying her on a quest to find magical artifact seems like the best way learn more about her and stave off boredom. Now I just have to help Matsuko acquire the Song Stone, return it to the goddess’s temple, and get her home. But the more I learn about her, it becomes clear I’ll do just about anything to convince her to stay.
Romance with bite…Embrace the dark. Dare to take a nibble and depart from the mundane. Join bestselling and award-winning authors as they cross the threshold into worlds filled with mouth-watering creatures of the night. Packed with desire and passion, these drool-worthy vampires are determined to capture the hearts of their fated mates. Give in to your cravings with Immortal Legacies. One bite could change your life.
VS Note: I think this one is paranormal-adjacent rather than actually paranormal, as much as I can glean from reviews on book 1 and this one. People seem to enjoy it though!
Playwright Maxwell Millerson would rather spend his days dreaming up stories than cleaning up his father’s messes. But a trendy renovation has the family’s gaming club on the brink of ruin, and not even Max’s imagination can conjure a way out. Desperate, he turns to the multi-talented—and alluringly audacious—Madame Xyla to help him spin gold from straw. Lydia Weaver, professionally known as spiritualist Madame Xyla, has long sought revenge on the man responsible for her cousin’s imprisonment. When her enemy’s son visits her seance room seeking advice, Lydia leaps at the opportunity for vengeance—until Max’s easy charm and poetic words threaten to turn her plans upside-down. As their friendship grows and they give way to their mutual attraction, Lydia and Max must weigh family duty with their hearts’ desires. And only when they confront old wounds and new feelings can a happy ending be in the cards.
Graham, a mysterious, enchanted knight, is skilled at finding lost things. His latest assignment is to find a woman and her cookbook—if he wants to win his mother’s freedom. Devon did not intend to visit medieval times. She simply opened her grandmother’s cookbook. Now she desperately wants to get back to her own time and doesn’t know how. But she is still a woman who will stand up to the bully in the kitchens to protect the weak and helpless. When Graham falls in love with this courageous, cheerful woman from the future, he knows he must find another way to free his mother. Turning Devon over to an uncertain fate makes as much sense as gingerbread cookies without the ginger. Together they devise a dangerous plan, knowing failure means they will never see each other again.
Portion of blurb only, more on ebook seller page: Journey into the world of Dragons Within and dance with a fire that flows through the veins of powerful women. Often viewed as evil and destructive, dragons lend their strength to aid their friends and loved ones. Similarly, certain traits in women are touted as unacceptable or taboo, but the women in this anthology claim those traits for their own good and the good of those around them.
Clementine Cooke has a LOT going on. First, a mysterious wizard needs her help. Second, she’s still reeling from her break up with Rufus Mayes. On top of all that, she’s got her house ready to flip. When can a gal get some rest? Looks like no time soon. Because a bidding war has broken out on her house. When one of the potential buyers winds up dead, suspects abound. Is the killer someone who wanted the property, or is the death related to the wizard who needs her help? For Clem to solve this case she’s going to need extra assistance—the kind only Rufus Mayes can offer. Will their working together bring them closer or will it push them farther apart? Amazon KU
VS Note: Not sure this is PNR or Fantasy but it’s being referred to as a “horror fairy tale” and is listed in SF&F Short Reads so…
Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect. It’s just that he’s away so much. So often. He works so hard. She misses him. And he misses her. He says he does, so it must be true. He is the perfect husband and everything is perfect. But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband’s face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can’t quite meet her gaze….But everything is perfect. Isn’t it?
In 1944 a Squadron of Navy Planes Disappears off the Florida Coast. One Lands in 2005… In Ohio.
A YOUNG WIDOW ENCOUNTERS a handsome, time-traveling Navy pilot from 1944, who force-lands near her home in 2005. They fall in love, but when an angry, powerful suitor discovers the Navy pilot’s incredible identity, they must flee. They climb into the airplane and fly away… into storm clouds. IN 1944, LIEUTENANT PAUL EVANS, and four dive bomber airplanes under his command, are on a routine training mission when they disappear, without a trace, off the south Florida coast. In 2005, Gretchen Walsh is unable to sleep, still grieving over the tragic loss of her husband and daughter, who were killed in an accident the year before. She’s startled by the eerie sound of a propeller-driven airplane flying low over her house, and she dashes off to investigate. Gretchen watches a World War II airplane descend and land in a field near her home. She runs to it… and her life changes forever. Amazon KU
One mage, Bel Adams – needs a familiar, gun shy about being rejected by one again. One familiar, Nico di Rossi – Army Ranger, needs a change of pace and a new purpose in life. Plus one familiar, Garen Adan – Secret Service, needs his ex-lover Nico back. One second chance – all for the taking.
VS Note: From OCT 20
On paper, Devon Wardell has everything he ever wanted. The girl of his dreams, the job he trained for, the family he never hoped he could have. So why is everything starting to unravel? After rescuing the city of London and pulling back the supernatural community from the brink of destruction, the famous friends had hoped to settle into their normal routine. Vivian is gone, the secret is protected, and despite the perpetual chaos that’s hounded them since Guilder, each one has survived to fight another day. But a new threat is always on the horizon, and the agents of the Privy Council can never stay idle for long. Torn between the dangers at work and the stresses at home, Devon finds himself struggling to keep his head above water. With his wife away on assignment and a series of dark coincidences piling up in London, he finds himself wondering if there are darker forces at play. When you’re born with a tatù, is there such a thing as normal? How does one manage to be a father and a superhero at the same time? Every day the stakes are getting higher. How long before that delicate balance finally breaks?
VS Note: From OCT 24
Rami Llewellyn’s blood runs blue. He’s not looking for any complications in his life. But things get red hot real fast for the litigious Lion once he meets his potential mate. When a Pack of Wolves crosses the legal line on what is allowed in his city, Rami hunts for answers. Throw a curvy normal in the mix, and he’s more determined than ever to shut them down. Noemi Donato dreams of buying the bakery where she works from her boss who is soon retiring. But her mother wants her to move back home, away from the dangerous city she loves. All she needs is a reason to stay. Will the sweet, feisty pastry chef take on the sexy shifter?
Iver Amana is a simple wolf shifter. All he wants is to promote good nightclubs and liven up the New York City party scene. He doesn’t want a mate or a family. His older brothers have a monopoly on that anyway. Of course, all that changes when he sees a bachelorette dancing in his club. He has to let her, his mate, go before he ever has a chance to be with her. Jovi Duke hasn’t had a good year. After catching her fiancé cheating with her maid of honor the night before her wedding, she rebuilds her life. She focuses on her teaching career. How was she to know that her student’s uncle – the one interested in funding a community outreach program would be the sexy stranger she once danced with? Iver and Jovi are destined to be together – if only they give into the attraction between them. But more, their stubborn streaks threaten them. Before their romance has a chance to bloom, secrets and jealousy might take away their opportunity at the love of a lifetime. Amazon KU
Nothing bothers Hetty and Benjy Rhodes more than a case where the answers, motives, and the murder itself feel a bit too neat. Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy’s investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground. Before long, another death breathes new life into the Duval investigation: Raimond’s son, Valentine, is also found dead. Finding themselves with the dubious honor of taking on Valentine Duval as their first major funeral, it becomes clear that his passing was intentional. Valentine and his father’s deaths are connected, and the recent fires plaguing the city might be more linked to recent community events than Hetty and Benji originally thought.
Raccoon-shifter Mico Foley drives a garbage truck in Fox Hollow, a job that keeps a roof over his head while he pursues his true passion—creating art with found objects. He fears he might never find a mate—until he falls hard for the sexy new baker in town. But will a hottie like that fall for a guy like him? Possum-shifter Jack Hargrave is the new night baker at Bare Necessities Cafe, his big opportunity to do what he loves most—creating irresistible confections. He didn’t move to Fox Hollow to find a mate, but the handsome truck driver who empties the cafe’s dumpster has stolen his heart. Could a hunk like him still care when he finds out Jack’s secret? Amazon KU
The game is afoot, and I never saw it coming. A game of demons, angels and new breed of abnormal that is beyond anything else I’ve faced. A monstrosity that is bent on destroying every other abnormal on the planet. Only one thing can stop those who would wipe us out. A cursed weapon. Created by a person who has been dead a long time. With an impossible task at hand, I can no longer face the darkness on my own. Even for me, the Phoenix, I need people at my back and my side. The clock is ticking as my team and I race to find the curse, the weapon, and the final pieces that will save the world. And when the darkness rises to consume us, I will have to face my greatest fears. Will I survive my own flames, or will I burn the world and my own existence up to save those I love? Amazon KU
Tomatoes are missing, and there’s only one person who can get to the bottom of it. If there’s one thing that Jenna Sunangel takes seriously, it’s her job. When she’s assigned to the greenhouse where dryads are being stolen from, she uncovers more than just the missing produce. Baxter Heirloom has never thought much about his mate, but when fate brings a beautiful hummingbird shifter to his workplace, he can’t believe his luck, and will do everything he can to convince her that they’re meant to be together. Even give her his tomatoes.
Lyla – Oh, no! No! They didn’t! I’m heartbroken when my group stumbles across a severely injured wolf on a hike. The animal is huge. The biggest male I’ve ever seen. He’s gorgeous, even though his pelt is covered in blood. When he whines, I feel it deep inside my soul. I want to help him so badly it hurts. I wonder how this happened. …[SNIP – full blurb on ebook seller page] Colton – I’m beaten and tossed out like yesterday’s garbage. I was destined to be the alpha of my pack and now I’m nothing. Less than freaking nothing. I’m one of them, yet they treat me like an abomination. Worth less than the dirt I’m bleeding on. They beat me, almost to the point of death. Must have been twenty to one. Torn up by the very people I considered to be family…my friends. They did this to me, all because I’m different, because I’m apparently too powerful, or will be soon. I’ve been exiled by my pack. Then she comes along. A sweet human. She’s decided she’s going to help me…or rather, help my wolf. She’s not afraid of me but she should be. I’m a new wolf, only just turned. I don’t have much control. If the tiny human knew what I really was, she’d be terrified. Amazon KU
THE DEMON EQUILIBRIUM by Cathy Pegau
Grace Carter, a “source” of magic, has spent the last nine months searching for Maggie Mulvaney, her “catalyst.” The joy of reuniting with her partner—and her lover—is thwarted by her worst fear: Maggie remembers neither Grace nor their life together in the Order of Saint Teresa, the centuries-old organization that trained them to be the strongest demon-hunting duo in generations. When Maggie and Grace unexpectedly come face-to-face with the demon Horde, they are forced to team up once again. As they begin to piece their lives back together, they discover that their memories have been masked by someone within the Order. Should the Horde succeed in their plan, those who have committed their lives to slay worldly demons will be relegated to little more than minions as humans are completely enslaved. Now, Grace and Maggie must sacrifice everything, possibly even their love, and their lives, in an all-out battle to save humanity.
Ancient cultures often tell tales of ancient legends…Gathered are 5 such tales told from 5 perspectives.
When her sister mysteriously dies, Fern takes over the care of her baby nephew. She has no idea that his missing father wasn’t an ordinary man or that baby Baird is heir to the throne of Elfland.
Two rival elvish princes invade Fern’s life–one hostile, the other alluring. One wants to kill the child, the other to guard him. But both intend to take him away from her.
Mysterious forces are at play when Paul’s vacation to Spain unexpectedly detours to Gibraltar and then Morocco, to a vodka bottle in a hole in the wall bar, to a handsome genie with a slew of secrets, plus almost limitless powers, virtually no memory, and a keen desire to be freed from his curse. Along the way, Paul is reunited with his ex-lover and the genie’s previous master as fate draws them ever deeper into a murky, dangerous past. On our heroes travel, from the frigid north of Russia to a magic carpet ride across China, ultimately finding themselves in the deserts of ancient Jordan. Here, they encounter another of the genie’s previous masters and a power far greater than they could’ve ever imagined, all within a massive temple carved into a mountainside. Can our intrepid foursome uncover the truth before the curse takes them all and possibly the entire world down? Will love win out in the end? Or is the genie forever doomed to a life foretold in fairy tales?
Lydia Anderson is an unbonded omega who left her life behind to escape a family more interested in their status than protecting their daughter from an alpha who won’t take no for an answer. It took everything, but Lydia managed to break free, running as far as she could. Now she lives with her head down, avoiding attention. Her past is still on the hunt. And she can’t get caught again. Pack Saint Clair is everything Lydia has been taught to want. They’re rich, influential, and beautiful. A chance encounter sets her on a collision course with the three alphas and their beta, and instincts long ignored flare to life, setting fire to all of their carefully laid defenses. But Lydia knows that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Pack Saint Clair has a secret, one that could destroy everything they’ve worked to create. And that skeleton in their closet has set its sights on Lydia. When the past comes to call, can the pack keep their omega safe? Amazon KU
VS Note: From OCT 29
My father called them messengers. He once told me they walked among us, and that somewhere in this dark and godless city, there shined a faint sliver of hope. I had only to look for the signs. Well, I’ve spent my whole life investigating the inexplicable, and all I’ve found are the unsettling vestiges of iniquity – the evidence of another world shrouded by the obscure. Purgatory to some, where depravity hides in shadows, and girls like me are little more than delicious bites of temptation. Others call it Nightshade. This peculiar place is where I first met the cold and callous recluse living in a decaying cliffside cathedral. Jericho Van Croix is the epitome of everything I’ve been told to fear. A raven-winged harbinger who wears intrigue like a warm black cloak. An enigma that I’m determined to unravel – even if it means getting closer than I should. One touch is forbidden. Even so much as a kiss would be my demise. But the sin on his lips burns me up like a wild flame, and his growing infatuation weakens my resolve. Giving him what he wants, though, will mean no chance for redemption, or escape. What’s worse is, the signs I’ve followed yet failed to see all these years begin to unmask a terrifying reality: That falling may be my only saving grace. Amazon KU
VS note: Paranormal RH, author says it is a ‘satire’…
Do you know what it’s like to constantly get thrown in jail for no reason? No? Just me? The leaders of BookFace have too much power. No one should be able to censor people the way they do. At least I meet some pretty cool people in jail. Except this stint is different from the rest. This time I meet 3 of the most gorgeous men… creatures? I don’t know, whatever they are, they’re freaking HOT! But why are they here? Can I accept the shocking discoveries they bring to light? Join me on my quest to find out just who the f*ck I am and what exactly BookFace has to do with it. Amazon KU
After graduating high school, a freak accident whisks Reggie Valentine back in time to the 1950s where he meets Daniel Parker, a sweet and wholesome guy his grandmother used to date. Reggie learns that Daniel is not only closeted, but unaware that two men can fall in love or even marry. They soon form a bond that is shrouded in secrecy, and as their feelings for each other intensify, leaving becomes unthinkable. But can their relationship survive in a bygone era where attitudes about race and sexuality are so old fashioned?
VS Note: This sounds so good! I have to know what happens so it’s on my TBR List.
How do you move forward when everything you love in on the line? Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail. And Sam picks up the phone. What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?
The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world—one thought long depleted. This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into the worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly, a choice: accept their fate or rewrite their story. But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
Lornyc is good at keeping secrets, because secrets can get you killed. Lornyc hates politics. The small talk, backstabbing, and the attempts to undermine his marriage make his blood boil and his head ache. But what he really hates is someone kidnapping his husband. The suspicion that the Valen are somehow involved is confirmed when the truth about Methian’s real parentage is revealed. But there are other fights ahead, this time with the mage when Lornyc discovers that they were not only behind his mother’s family being stripped of their magic, but have been trying to limit the Reagalos family powers for centuries. Amazon KU
It’s funny the way life works; one minute you’re in Hell, next you’re ruling over a city you don’t want while the Devil hunts you down, and then, suddenly, you’re in Heaven. Or maybe that’s just me. The fun doesn’t end here, though. Not content to bring down one world with his egomaniac shit, Ronin has decided to bring Heaven, Hell, and even the realm of Death down with him. But there’s something Ronin doesn’t know. I’m not the trapped, helpless hellsoul he once tortured… I’m learning things about myself that I never imagined—not just about my past, but about my future, too.
I’ve spent long enough confused. I’ve played their games. I’ve fallen for their traps. Shit, I’ve made some fresh traps of my own, inspired by their lies. Now, I’m hauling myself out of this pit, once and for all. And I’m taking my demons with me. Amazon KU
Come for the magic. Stay for the mystery. Ten exclusive, never-before-published stories of murder, mystery, and mayhem, wrapped in fantastical realms where private detectives, police consultants, and bounty hunters wrangle with elves, nephilim, and shifters…or use magic to solve a mystery!
The past never forgets . . .Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land,leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness. Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them. When an assassin targets those closest to the queen,Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret–one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.
I think I hate him. But I know I want him to kiss me. I need answers about my past and my magic. But more than anything, I need answers about Drakon, the first and most powerful vampire. He’s my fated mate, and I want to kiss him as much as I want to kill him. He feels the same about me. To complicate the insane attraction between us, the only way for him to survive is if he drinks my blood every day for the rest of our lives. He refuses to do so, and I don’t know if I can handle that kind of commitment. But can I live a life without him? As my mortal enemies stalk me in the waking world and the dream world, Drakon and I set off to unravel the mystery of our past. Danger stalks us at every turn, and its going to take everything we have to survive. Amazon KU
Giant magical snails aren’t exactly at the top of the list of heroic quests. But the village of Dun Nas needs help, and Aric needs money: being a legendary swordsman might be nice, but so is getting paid. Anyway, snails — even giant ones — aren’t anything he can’t handle, especially with his half-fairy partner Emrys. Together, the Storm-Wielder and the Shadow can fight anything, or so the stories say.
But this job’s more complicated than it seems. The lake holds a dangerous magical mystery. Aric trusts Emrys with his life — but he’d also love to offer his heart, and he doesn’t know whether Em feels the same. Em isn’t human, after all … and has a few secrets of their own.
Mitzy Moon can’t wait to cut her own gorgeous Christmas tree. But her forest adventure loses its thrill when the pristine blanket of snow reveals a blood trail. And her heart thuds when the crimson droplets lead to a body, bringing her Yuletide festivities to a deadly end. When her only employee becomes the prime suspect, Mitzy is forced to take the case. But even though she enrolls her eavesdropping Ghost-ma and a spoiled feline to help unwrap the evidence, each uncovered clue only seems to dig a more messy, murderous hole. Can Mitzy unstick herself from the tacky case, or is her festive fun about to turn fatal? Amazon KU
VS Note: From OCT 25
I am the chosen one. Now I must claim my crown…It’s time for me to become Queen of the Pack. As a hybrid, I’m also destined to be the Faerie Queen, so I must unite the wolves and the Fae who have long been enemies. If I fail, the Fae are doomed. When the Alphas from the other packs come to support me, there is only one Alpha missing—my brother. He’s teamed up with my old pack and the Fae royalty who say they won’t give up their power to a hybrid, and they’re ready to attack. But first, for me to believe in myself as the true Alpha, my mate Cal will need to submit to me. I know his heart is mine, but I fear the wolf in him is going to put up a fight. Amazon KU
My life’s a lie. Yes, I have a flair for the dramatic, but that’s not the case this time around. Dracula has been lying to me, and now, we’re both going to pay the price. Kidnapped by Mason’s mom, the infamous Medusa, I discover even more secrets concerning my lineage and future. And these secrets? They could completely annihilate the world To make matters worse, our group has been fractured. Jack and Hux are acting suspicious. Dimitri Gray’s behaving like a raging asshole. Barret’s being cagy. Mason’s struggling with his inner demons. And Cal? He’s MIA. With Vin and Frankie by my side, we must work together to uncover the truth about my birthright and complete the final round of the Roaring. If we win, we live. If we lose…Well…A god-blessed dagger to the chest might be less painful than what the future has in store for us. It’s a good thing that this badass monster has some venom of her own. Amazon KU
Kris Claus has spent her entire life preparing to become the next Santa Claus. After all, she’s Santa’s daughter, so she’s certain to be next in line for the title. She’s gotten the degrees, served as his assistant… nothing can stop her. Well, nothing except her lawyer ex, who is trying to sneak his way into the title by bringing up an archaic gender law that says women can’t be Santa. Steeped in small-town politics and a rivalry for the ages, Kris won’t stop until she’s gotten what she’s fought for her whole life, but she won’t give up who she really is — a proud woman — to reach her dreams. When a letter from a transgender girl down South reminds her of herself as a child, Kris knows exactly what’s at stake, not just for her own dreams, but for the dreams of girls everywhere.
VS Note: From SEPT 16. Lesbian Fiction/LGBTQ Fantasy
s the Golden Daughter a monster created by vile magic? A fabled assassin whose many victims are turned to gilded statues? Perhaps Liddy Vanya is both. The king’s daughter is his greatest weapon against his political enemies: her touch transforms flesh into pure gold. But her service to the crown is entirely forced, as Liddy’s young life has been one marked by cruelty and abuse. Until the moment she decides to murder her father. But when you are the most infamous and feared killer in all the land, even the most satisfying of assassinations can be a perilous endeavor, especially when a former lover is hunting you down.
The Grim Reaper can bite me. I’m bound to Grim by blood now, making me his vampire slave for all eternity. But he’ll find out there is only one will I abide by. Mine. Now the rest of the immortals know I exist, and they want a lookey-loo at the only living vampire. Except half the immortals want to possess me as their own vampire slave, while the other half wants to kill me outright. Grim swears he won’t let anyone harm me, but he’s been absorbing tainted, dark souls to the breaking point. How can he protect anyone when his power is compromised? This is fine, right? Asking for a friend. Amazon KU
Librarian Sebastian Rath and his lover Vesper Rune are tasked with seeking and containing the evil Books of the Bound. But one of the Books has been freed from its prison—and is in the hands of a killer. As more bodies turn up, Sebastian finds himself tempted to use forbidden magic to locate the Book and stop the murderer. And when an unexpected connection to the necromancers who created the Books is revealed, Sebastian must choose just how far he’ll go to right the wrongs of the past—even if it means endangering his own future.
Connecting to the sea is one thing; taking a sea monster police chief as a lover is quite another. Mara doesn’t know why she’s on the ferry to Monster Island, but she knows that a job is waiting. She goes through orientation, meets the local police chief, and is taken to her assignment and residence. She’s going to be a waitress. Tyron has spent thousands of years waiting to find a human to act as mate. When he meets Mara, he senses that she has a lovely spirit with a longing for the water, but that’s it. Arabella identifies her as a likely candidate for Tyron, so he made sure to put her where he could find her at his restaurant. On her day off, he gives her an invitation to the ball, but being uncharacteristically impatient, he proposes a date before the full moon. Can a woman who can’t remember her past consider a future with a monster classified as ancient and terrible? Of course. At least she can see this monster coming. It’s purple.
Hailey – The unexpected happened. My camera captured a murder. My best friend Kimber said her brother could help. I wasn’t expecting Jagger to be as sexy as he is or pure alpha beneath his designer suit. Ending up in his bed was inevitable. Getting pregnant wasn’t in plans, or having a crooked cop want me dead. I’m not sure how to tell my wealthy family I’m having the baby of a wolf shifter. Worst of all, I’m not sure how to tell Jagger I’m in love with him. The killer is closing in on me.
How am I going to survive this? And is there any chance of a future with Jagger? Jagger – I never believed in true love. For others, maybe, but not for me. Ironic, since wolves mate for life. I’m a pure alpha male. Beneath the human exterior, I’m also a wolf. Then my sister’s friend walked into my law office, and Hailey was the sexiest woman I had seen. Only Hailey was in a world of danger, and a fierce protectiveness fell over me. Then I had her in my bed and became addicted. Fate and quite possibly everyone around me had other plans. So did the killer after her. Now Hailey is pregnant with my baby, and I have twice as much to lose. Will my shifter friends help me keep her safe from the killer? Can I keep them both safe and convince her I want to be a family? Amazon KU
Tendira is a world of beastly shifters and deadly monsters… except me. The Human Queen. When my home is taken over by an angry pack who wants me dead, I’m forced to run, so I go to the one place my attackers won’t dare follow: The Blood Pack. But the Blood Alpha watches his territory more closely than I imagined. His people catch me, and drag me to their capitol. And instead of killing me, they decide to keep me. The problem? They have no idea who I am. So now if I want to stay alive, I have to make the most ruthless pack in Tendira believe I’m one of them. That plan goes surprisingly well… until the Alpha decides he wants me as his mate. Then I’m a human pretending to be a shifter, a queen pretending to be powerless, and a woman pretending not to fall in love with the deadliest shifter that’s ever existed. I’ll die if I go back to my castle, but if the Blood Pack discovers my lies, I’ll suffer a fate far worse than death. And with my survival on the line, I can’t afford to lose anything to the Blood Alpha…Especially my heart. Amazon KU
VS Note: From SEPT 30
All Twig Starfig wants is to settle into mated life with his wizard and be a good leader to his clan. No drama. No heartache. A happily-ever-after fit for a dragon. Or half-dragon, at any rate. Instead, Twig and Quinn get roped into a new case involving missing orc stones. Yes, those really are a thing. Twig’s dad is on the PR warpath . . . again. Quinn’s little brother can’t seem to stop pining over their housemate. Someone—or something—seems to be following them. And getting quality time alone with his wizard is more difficult than keeping one’s virginity at an incubus party. To make matters worse, Twig’s old enemies start dropping like fairyflies, and they find themselves smack in the middle of an inconvenient murder investigation with a certain red fury as the main suspect. With everyone in Lighthelm convinced of Bill’s guilt—and by association Twig’s—Starfig Investigations is on the case.
Is there no one in the Elder Realm who’s fairy and impartial? Amazon KU
Polly Lurie had been battling evil for centuries, but everything changed when she was selected to teach Zoey Rode how to use her new powers. Together they defeated evil and Zoey took her place among the witches, even finding love with the dark and dangerous Slade. Polly wishes to find that same love. Only the one man she’s interested in doesn’t seem to think of her as anything but a friend. Samuel Mannering had loved and lost during the war between good and evil. For four hundred years, he’d been Slade’s right hand as they fought evil together. Now witches are coming together once again, love is all around, and he only has eyes for Polly Lurie. The trouble is, he knows she can’t be his true love. Or can she?Zoey and Slade know the happiness of the witches in Moonshine Hollow, Tennessee won’t last. She’s seen it in her visions. For the first time in four hundred years, witches feel safe. But that illusion of safety is about to be ruined. The war they once thought over is just beginning as menacing dark magic appears in Moonshine Hollow.
When Cisco Collins returns to his home town thirty years after saving it from being swallowed by a hell mouth opened by an ancient pirate ghost, he realises that being a childhood hero isn’t like it was in the movies. Especially when nobody remembers the heroic bits – even the friends who once fought alongside him. Struggling with single parenting and treated as bit of a joke, Cisco isn’t really in the Christmas spirit like everyone else. A fact that’s made worse by the tendrils of the pirate’s powers creeping back into our world and people beginning to die in bizarre ways. With the help of a talking fox, an enchanted forest, a long-lost friend haunting his dreams, and some 80s video game consoles turned into weapons, Cisco must now convince his friends to once again help him save the day. Yet they quickly discover that being a ghostbusting hero is so much easier when you don’t have schools runs, parent evenings, and nativity plays to attend. And even in the middle of a supernatural battle, you always need to bring snacks and wipes.
Chasing a dream of wealth and freedom, Raythe Vyre’s ragtag caravan of refugees from imperial oppression went off the map, into the frozen wastes of the north. What they found there was beyond all their expectations: Rath Argentium, the legendary city of the long-vanished Aldar, complete with its fabled floating citadel. Even more unexpectedly, they encountered the Tangato, the remnants of the people who served the Aldar, who are shocked to learn that they’re not alone in the world – and hostile to Raythe’s interlopers. What awaits Raythe’s people in the haunted castle that floats above them, the lair of the last Aldar king? Everlasting wealth – or eternal damnation?
I inherited a mountain in rural Arkansas and three million dollars from a great grandmother I never knew. But all these riches pale in comparison to the amazing magic that surges through me as soon as I step foot on my family’s land. Evidently the women of my family are powerful witches who are gifted with carnal magic. I’d planned to claim my inheritance, take a few pictures of the old family house, and then drive back home. But the small town of Sweetbriar Hollow and Redwine Mountain refuse to let me go. From the very first night, I have vivid dreams of a hot spring hidden in the heart of my mountain—with even hotter men. They’re only the bait to lure me… to him. An ancient god of darkness lies in wait, plotting his revenge on the Redwine witches who left him trapped all these years. He knows me. He smells me. He hears every beat of my heart. He tastes me and burns to drink my pleasure again and again. His monstrous hunger will never be satisfied, and he’s been waiting for centuries. For me. Amazon KU
A rookie cop. A team of supernatural detectives. A vigilante kitty shifter breaking bad. My name is Cat McKenzie, and despite what people might think, I don’t enjoy being chased down darkened streets at night by a ten-foot shadow man who can literally make me die of fright. Of course, that’s how all this started—the discovery of an underground fight club stocked completely with supernatural slaves. The plot thickens when seemingly unlinked murders start to form a pattern I begin to recognize. A supernatural fight club, possessed berserkers and an accidental enslavement, I’m pretty sure I’m getting Punk’d by life right now and I’d like to call cut on this scene.
VS: Another classic from my backlist is ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE. I had basically written it before becoming a published author with several other books but then rewrote it extensively, using the new lessons I had from my professional editors. It’s one of my favorites and quite pulse pounding (if I do say so myself)!
Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the house guest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent them at a political wedding. When hotshot space marine Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.
Deverane was thinking about how to spend his retirement bonus when HQ assigned him one last mission: rescue a civilian woman stranded on a planet on the verge of civil war. Someone has pulled some serious strings to get her plucked out of the hot zone. Deverane’s never met anyone so hard-headed—or so appealing. Suddenly his mission to protect this one woman has become more than just mere orders.
That mission proves more dangerous than he expected when rebel fighters attack the village and raze it to the ground. Deverane escapes with Andi–barely. On their hazardous journey through the wilderness, Andi finds herself fighting her uncomfortable attraction to the gallant and courageous captain. But Deverane’s not the type to settle down, and running for one’s life doesn’t leave much time for romance.
Then Andi is captured by the rebel fighters, but Deverane has discovered that Zulaire’s so-called civil war is part of a terrifying alien race’s attempt to subjugate the entire Sector. If he pushes on to the capitol, Andi will die. Deverane must decide whether to save the woman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.
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